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Black business marketplace offers entertainment, fun for annual Juneteenth celebration

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The summer heat didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending the sixth annual Melanin Market Saturday afternoon near downtown Jacksonville.

Event organizers made sure to keep attendees cool by partnering with JTA to provide three cooling buses.

The event included food trucks, clothes, arts and crafts and plenty of entertainment for everyone.

There were about 250 vendors covering five blocks of A. Phillip Randolph. Previous vendors returned to support the market because of how well it helped grow their businesses.

Jennifer Goodwin an artist with her grandmother’s touch and the owner of Open Heart Arts and Crafts LLC.

“If I never sat down with my grandmother at the table and painted or it I never asked ‘hey, grandma, can you show me how to sew,’ I wouldn’t have been here,” Goodwin said.

Jeff Eugene started Wick Capz with specific intentions.

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